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Alex Kremer 10-17-2021 // Who Do You Say I Am? The Deity of Jesus

Jesus asked His disciples two questions.  The first, "Who do men say that I am?"  The answers, of course, ranged from Moses or one of the prophets, or Elijah.  This is a question that is still relevant today.  And the answers are just as varied.  Many will say that Jesus was just a good man; and only a man.  Others say He was a good teacher, or a good example; but again, just a man.

Then the Lord turned it personal for His disciples with a second question, "But who do you say I am?"  This is really is the most important question of all time, the answer to which has eternal consequences.

Continuing our look at the Trinity, today's lesson is a second look at the person of Jesus Christ.  In the first session we examined what Scripture has to say about the humanity of Jesus.  In this session, we dig into what the Bible has to say about the deity of Jesus.  And Scripture has much to say on the topic.

Drawing on both Old Testament writing and their New Testament fulfillment, we see that Scripture ascribes to Jesus attributes that are rightly only ascribed to God.  These include an eternal nature, power over creation, including power over demons, physical infirmities, and the power over death itself.  We also see that Jesus is clearly shown to be equal with God, even sharing the name of God Himself, Yahweh.

Thank you for listening to today's lesson.  May the Word of the Lord bless you as we consider together the person of Jesus Christ and the implications for His deity for us.

Alex Kremer 10-04-2021 // Who Do You Say I Am? The Humanity of Jesus

There is no question among the modern world view that Jesus is human.  Most will acknowledge His historical existence, but relegate Him to the position of a good teacher, or a prophet.  Others say He was just another prophet.  Still other false religions claim He is one among other gods.  Of these, none acknowledge the reality of His divine nature as the Second person of the Trinity.

However, in the earliest history of the church, there was no question regarding Jesus divine nature.  The debate actually centered around His humanity.  Did God actually take upon Himself human flesh?

In today's lesson, we examine Scripture, beginning with the Old Testament to see the fact that Jesus came in human flesh and the implications for us today.

Thank you for listening to today's lesson.  May you be blessed through the teaching of God's Holy Word.

Alex Kremer 09-26-2021 // The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is often referred to as the quiet member of the Trinity.  But is this really an accurate description of the Holy Spirit?  For example, through our recent studies into the book of Acts, we see the Holy Spirit at work on every page.  2 Peter 1:21 tells us that "no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God" (NASB).  Indeed, all of Scripture can be seen as the voice of the Holy Spirit.

Join us this week as we survey what Scripture says regarding the Holy Spirit.  We will look consider

  1. The triune nature of God
  2. The Personality of the Holy Spirit
  3. The Deity of the Holy Spirit
  4. The Work of the Holy Spirit
  5. Our responsibility before the Holy Spirit.

Thank you for listening to today's lesson.  May you be blessed as together we examine this key doctrine of the church.

Alex Kremer 09-05-2021 // Conversion of Saul of Tarsus; Acts 9:1-19

Every conversion story is unique.  But we find that we are more drawn to the more "exciting" stories; those stories where a person goes from prisoner to pastor.  What we forget is that each and every conversion story is a miracle.

Scripture gives us an honest portrayal of the natural state of man, full of evil, murder, strife (Romans), dead in our trespasses and sins, children of wrath (Ephesians).

But God... The amazing grace of God begins with, "But God being rich in mercy and the love with which He loved us.  But God made us alive together with Christ.  But God saved us by grace through faith.  But God, through His Son, has transferred us from the domain of darkness into the light of His glorious Son.

This is what Saul of Tarsus experienced.  Saul, zealous for the Law and the traditions of Israel who believed he was on God's side as he persecuted the church in Jerusalem, even going as far as Damascus to arrest Christians.  But then the risen Christ met him on the road to Damascus, and his life would never be the same.

Alex Kremer 08-29-2021 // The Gospel Reaches the Ends of the Earth; Acts 8:25-40

Following the explosion of the Gospel into Samaria, the Lord sends Philip from Samaria to a "chance" encounter on a desert road from Jerusalem to Gaza.  There he came across the entourage of an Ethiopian eunuch, "a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of her treasure;" and who had come to Jerusalem to worship.

In the ancient Mediterranean world, Ethiopia, now modern day Sudan, was considered the southern most reaches of the earth.  And here is a wealthy court official, a proselyte to Judaism, returning from a 1,200 to 1,800 mile pilgrimage to Jerusalem.  And as Philip is instructed to approach his chariot, it becomes apparent that he is reading from Isaiah, the prophet, specifically in Isaiah 53, regarding the suffering servant.  We read that beginning with this scripture, Philip preached Jesus to him.

In today's lesson, we see there are no chance encounters with God.  The Lord places us on specific paths at specific times to interact with the people He wants us to encounter.  The question is, do we take full advantage of those opportunities in order to faithfully proclaim the Gospel?

Thank you for listening to today's lesson.  May you be encouraged to share the Gospel wherever you are, and which whomever you meet.  And may you be blessed through the teaching of God's Word.

Alex Kremer 08-15-2021 // The God of History; Acts 8:4-24

It has been said that History is His Story.  This acknowledges that God is a God of history and works all things to His purposes.  Even in tragic events, such as the death of Jesus Christ and His saints, as seen in the stoning of Stephen, God continues to work.

In today's lesson, we see Saul ravaging the church, opening the great persecution of the church in Jerusalem and causing the church to flee.  But even in this we see God's hand, because the church, once confined largely to Jerusalem and Judea, now spread to Samaria.  This fulfills Christ's purpose for His followers to preach the Gospel in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the ends of the earth.

Thank you for listening to today's lesson.  May you be blessed through the teaching of God's Word.

Alex Kremer 08-08-2021 // The Martyrdom of Stephen; Acts 7:54-8:3

It has been said that the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.  Throughout history, it is clear that martyrdom often results in major change.  The stoning of Stephen at the hands of the Sanhedrin opened the persecution of the church in Jerusalem.  But it also scattered the believers to remote areas, resulting in the church spreading throughout the regions around Israel.

Thank you for listening to today's lesson.  May you be blessed through the teaching of God's Word. 

Alex Kremer 07-18-2021 // Like Father Like Son; Acts 7:39-53

We all inherit different things from our parents.  Some of these we accept with pride, while others we would just as soon forget.

In Jesus' day, the Jewish people inherited the Law from their forefathers, as well as the Temple.  But they also inherited the rebellious nature of their forefathers.  And like us all, they inherited the sin nature of Adam.

In Acts. we see Stephen dragged into the Temple before the Sanhedrin; charged with blasphemy against Moses and the Temple.  As he make his closing arguments, he handed down the final verdict against his prosecutors - you are just like your fathers. 

Stephen again takes them back to the days of Moses, when the hearts of their fathers returned to Egypt.  Regarding the Temple, he puts it into the proper perspective.  If the highest heaven cannot contain the living God, then neither can this Temple.  But the elders of Israel placed it on a pedestal on which it was never meant to stand and corrupted their worship.

As you listen to today's lesson, may you be encouraged by the reminder that the God of the universe meets with His people wherever they are.

Thank you for listening.  May you be blessed through the teaching of God's Word.

Alex Kremer 06-20-2020 // Stephen’s Defense; Acts 7:1-14

As Acts 6 closed, we saw Stephen, "full of grace and power...performing great wonders and signs among the people."  Those from among the Jews who argued with him were "unable to cope with the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking" (Acts 6:8, 10).  The Jewish leaders therefore brought Stephen before the Sanhedrin, bringing against him false charges that he spoke against the temple and against Moses, His servant.

In the opening portion of Acts 7, we see Stephen begin to make his defense.  First, we see him address those present as his brothers and fathers.  While his accusers treated him with no respect, Stephen responded with respect, establishing common through the worship of the same God.  But in his defense, he also gave an indictment of those accusing him.  His indictment focused on three themes:

  1. God, and therefore the people of God, are not restricted to a certain location, such as a land or temple.
  2. Israel has a history of rejecting the prophets and deliverers sent by God
  3. God's vindication of His servants.

Thank you for listening to today's lesson.  May you be blessed through the teaching of God's Word.

Alex Kremer 06-13-2021 // Stephen; A Turning Point for the Church; Acts 6:8-15

As we return to the book of Acts, we catch up with Stephen.  Up to this point, Luke's focus in Acts has been on the church in Jerusalem, the preaching, the growth, and the persecution has largely been in Jerusalem.

In Stephen, we come to a turning point in the book of Acts, from a focus from Jerusalem to Judea and Samaria.  We will see that the death of Stephen is the climax of the Jewish persecution in Jerusalem.  His death provided the impetus for the spread of the church into Judea and Samaria.  Finally, in Stephen, we are introduces to Saul of Tarsus, later known as Paul.

In today's lesson, we are introduced to the character of Stephen and the beginnings of the trial that will eventually lead to his execution.

Thank you for listening to today's lesson.  May you be blessed through the teaching of God's Word.

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